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Charles Dennis Buchinsky, better known as [[StageNames Charles Bronson]] (November 3, 1921 August 30, 2003), was a American movie actor of Lipka Tatar ancestry who was one of the biggest action stars of the [[TheSixties 1960s]], [[TheSeventies 1970s]], and [[TheEighties 1980s]]. Bronson's movies often had him cast as a cop or a gunfighter, with storylines primarily focused on {{revenge}}. Not so much an actor as much as he was a force of nature.

Bronson worked in a coal mine when he was only ten years old, where he worked until he entered military service in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in 1943, enlisting in the United States Army Air Forces and served as an aerial gunner in the 760th Flexible Gunnery Training Squadron, and in 1945 as a B-29 Superfortress crewman with the 39th Bombardment Group based on Guam. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received during his service.

Bronson's acting career began in 1950, though he wouldn't be known by that name until 1954 when he changed it on the suggestion of his agent, who feared that an Eastern European last name would damage his career with the [=McCarthy=] hearings that were going down at about that time. He also appeared on television during the 1950s and 1960s, including the lead role of the "Apache Kid" in the TV series ''Sheriff of Cochise'', though his career wouldn't really take off until his role as one of ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]''.

Bronson would later go on to play in many more movies, including ''Film/BattleOfTheBulge,'' ''Film/TheGreatEscape,'' and ''Film/TheDirtyDozen,'' but his first big lead role was that of Harmonica in Creator/SergioLeone's masterpiece ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' in 1968. He was originally considered for the role of the Man with No Name in ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars,'' but Bronson turned down the role, which instead launched Creator/ClintEastwood into stardom himself. He would go on to star in many action movies, including ''Film/RedSun,'' ''Film/TheValachiPapers,'' and ''Film/TheMechanic1972,'' but perhaps the most memorable of his roles was that of VigilanteMan Paul Kersey in the ''Film/DeathWish'' series.

In addition to the ''Film/DeathWish'' series, Bronson's later work was done with Cannon Films with director J. Lee Thompson, who made ultra-violent films such as ''10 To Midnight'' and ''Film/TheEvilThatMenDo.'' An unusual role for him during this period was as the real-world murdered American coal trade unionist Jock Yablonsky in the MadeForTVMovie ''Act of Vengeance,'' which despite its typical title was a serious and relatively non-violent political drama. His last big-screen role was the final installment of the ''Film/DeathWish'' series, ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath,'' in 1994.

Bronson died of pneumonia in 2003, leaving quite a legacy behind him.

Britain's most [[{{Film/Bronson}} infamous prisoner]] adopted his name.
!! Notable Roles

* Igor in ''Film/{{House of Wax|1953}}'' (1953)
* Bernardo O'Reilly in ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'' (1960)
* The Man in ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E66Two Two]]" (1961)
* Chief Inspector John Strock in ''Film/MasterOfTheWorld'' (1961)
* Danny Velinski (the "Tunnel King") in ''Film/TheGreatEscape'' (1963)
* Wolenski in ''Film/BattleOfTheBulge'' (1965)
* Joseph Wladislaw in ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'' (1967)
* Harmonica in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' (1968)
* Joe Martin in ''Film/ColdSweat'' (1970)
* Link Stuart in ''Film/RedSun'' (1971)
* Joseph Valachi in ''Film/TheValachiPapers'' (1972)
* Arthur Bishop in ''Film/{{The Mechanic|1972}}'' (1972)
* Paul Kersey in ''Film/DeathWish'' (1974)
* Vince Majestyk in ''Film/MrMajestyk'' (1974)
* John Deakin in ''Film/BreakheartPass'' (1975)
* Raymond St. Ives in ''Film/StIves'' (1976)
* James Otis in ''Film/TheWhiteBuffalo'' (1977)
* Major Grigori Bortsov in ''Film/{{Telefon}}'' (1977)
* Albert Johnson in ''Film/DeathHunt'' (1981)
* Paul Kersey in ''Film/DeathWishII'' (1982)
* Leo Kessler in ''Film/TenToMidnight'' (1983)
* Holland in ''Film/TheEvilThatMenDo'' (1984)
* Paul Kersey in ''Film/DeathWish3'' (1985)
* Joseph "Jock" Yablonsky in ''Film/ActOfVengeance'' (1986)
* Jay Killion in ''Film/{{Assassination}}'' (1987)
* Paul Kersey in ''Film/DeathWish4TheCrackdown'' (1987)
* Lt. Crowe in ''Film/KinjiteForbiddenSubjects'' (1989)
* Francis Church in ''Film/YesVirginiaThereIsASantaClaus'' (1991)
* Paul Kersey in ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath'' (1994)